Financial aid

The Data Science M.S. degree program does not offer departmental funding for students upon admission. The information listed below on funding opportunities may help you determine how to pay for your education.

Office of Graduate Studies Fellowships & Grants

The Graduate School administers University-wide fellowships and grants, based on academic merit (unlike a teaching assistantship or research assistantship, fellowships and grants generally do not require students to work).  Currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Minnesota may apply. Fellowships usually cover educational and living expenses, and grants usually cover expenses related to specific projects.

In addition, the Graduate Fellowship Office coordinates the application process for Fulbright Awards and supports the University's recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Loans are the last type of aid for which you are considered, after gift aid and work-study. Loans are considered self-help financial aid because you must repay the money loaned to you. For more information about loans, visit One Stop Student Services.

Graduate & Professional Student Loan Comparison Chart

TA and RA Positions

Data science students are able to apply for TA and RA positions in multiple departments (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Public Health, Statistics, etc.), but positions tend to be very limited for MS students. Students should go to each department's website to review how to apply for TA positions. Students should contact individual faculty members regarding RA opportunities or review the Graduate Student Assistant employment website. Below are a few helpful links:

Computer Science TA Positions

Computer Science Research Areas Page (with associated faculty members listed)

Computer Science Faculty Roster Page

Electrical Engineering TA Application

Electrical Engineering Research Areas Page (with associated faculty members listed)

Electrical Engineering Faculty Roster Page

School of Public Health Employment Page

School of Public Health Research Page

School of Public Health Faculty Roster Page

School of Statistics Financial Support Page

School of Statistics Faculty Roster Page